Central Line now back after smoke brings rush-hour services to a halt

Thousands of commuters and Olympic spectators were hit this-morning when the Central Line was put out of action across east London during the whole rush-hour.

Services were suspended from 7am for three hours between Liverpool Street and Woodford, leaving passengers stranded at Bethnal Green, Mile End and Stratford.

A driver reported smelling smoke on a train as it pulled into Leyton, one stop north of Stratford.

“All passengers left the train and station without reported problems,” said a TfL spokesman. “The Central was suspended between Woodford, Newbury Park and Liverpool Street in both directions when the train was taken out of service.”

Passengers heading to Stratford for the Olympics had to switch to the already congested Jubilee Line. The Central did not resume until 10am, but running with severe delays.

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